Based loosely on the Goldilocks story, Jennifer Rubell’s installation consists of forty crock pots of porridge, brown sugar, and raisins.  The installation is the ninth time she has staged a breakfast at The Rubell Family Collection and this year it breaks through the back security wall of the collection, inviting guests, like the three bears, to serve themselves porridge and do what they will with it.  Rubell describes the disorienting effect her food installation in Vanity Fair’s Guide to Art Basel Miami:

“The only place to sit and eat it is back through the hole, in the Collection’s courtyard. So you find yourself back there with a bowl and a spoon and the porridge, and it’s like, Where was I?! What just happened?! It’s like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Here is a slideshow of Rubell’s installation courtesy of WLM Advisors:

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Works are selling at Art Basel Miami Beach but the buzz of years past has dissipated, leading to a less crowded fair where galleries can do business and collectors can peruse with slightly less fanfare.

According to The New York Times, the blue-chip galleries Gagosian, David Zwirner, Pace and Andrea Rosen are all making sales and the slower pace of the fair has had the positive effect of increasing museum acquisitions because there is less competition for availability.

The Wall Street Journal reported that major collector Steven A. Cohen bought a work by Tim Hawkinson for $180,000 from the gallery Blum & Poe and Adel Abdessemad’s “Mappemonde” for approximately $300,000 at Zwirner.

Here is a slideshow of the scene at Art Basel Miami courtesy of WLM Advisors.

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"Capture" from the AKAN series, Elizabeth Sunday
“Capture” from the AKAN series by Elizabeth Sunday

WLM Advisors recently got a sneak peek at Elizabeth Sunday‘s impressive new body of work, the AKAN series.  Sunday spoke passionately about her work as she walked us through the new images as well as older images from the TUAREG and earlier African series.  The AKAN series juxtaposes human and animal forms with a sculptural eye that leans towards the abstract.

Sunday’s photographs are firmly based in the natural world and indigenous communities, reaching back to our origins and the genesis of the natural world. She challenges the western eye to break down negative stereotypes of the “other” as primitive by bringing a tremendous sense of dignity revealed through her mirror photography.

Sunday first began photographing in Africa in 1986 using a large concave mirror of her own design. All the photographs are mirror reflections and are not digitally manipulated.  Sunday has exhibited her work at Gallery 291, Louis Stern Fine Arts, The UC Berkeley Museum of Art, LACMA, Fogg Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, and many other important international venues.

Artist, Elizabeth Sunday
Artist, Elizabeth Sunday

by Caroline Newman

The UCLA Fowler Museum is currently exhibiting “Street Art: Photographic Elevations of Los Angeles, Paris and Berlin by Larry Yust,” which explores the often over-looked art form, graffiti, within these three prominent cities.  For the past eight years, filmmaker and photographer Larry Yust has been capturing images of urban landscapes and compositing anywhere from 70-80 photographic images to create, what he refers to as, a single “photographic elevation.”  Using this artistic technique, Yust creates a new kind of urban landscape; one that is impossible to see with the naked eye, one that cannot be reproduced, and one that can be preserved.

Yust’s images are a few feet high and around 15-20 feet in length, yielding a unique and enthralling photographic experience.  While directly facing and maintaining a constant distance from his subject, whether it is a wall, building, or fence covered in graffiti, Yust moves parallel to it, capturing many precise images.  These images are flawlessly composited to create an extremely long, horizontal, and practically 3-dimensional urban landscape. Continue reading ‘Art Preserving Art’

There has been a flurry of press coverage hailing Los Angeles as the new capital of the art world.  From Lauren A.E. Shuker’s article,”The L.A. Art Boom,” in The Wall Street Journal to Elizabeth Khuri Chandler’s article in C magazine, “Art on the Move,” the word on the street is that after decades of setting the stage, Los Angeles has reached the perfect storm of blue-chip artists, collectors, galleries, and institutions.

Here is a cheat sheet of why the L.A. art world is so hot right now:

– High-profile New York gallerist Jeffrey Deitch is now Director of MOCA

– The new Renzo Piano designed Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion at LACMA

– L & M Arts and Matthew Marks Gallery have opened Los Angeles branches

– Critical mass of important MFA programs at UCLA, USC, Pasadena’s Art Center, and Otis College of Art and Design

– Los Angeles is a center of artistic production with  a vibrant community of established international artists including John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Mike Kelley, Doug Aitken, Charles Ray, Martin Kersels, the list goes on…

– Museum boards are being reinvigorated with new members from the entertainment and tech sectors

– Pacific Standard Time, opening in October 2011, is slated to be one of the largest collaborative art institution undertakings of all time, including commercial galleries, museums, non-profit spaces, and a public art festival component.

Click here to see the Wall Street Journals‘ interactive map of some of L.A.’s hottest art spots.

Click here to see a slideshow of “Heavy Hitters in L.A.’s Art World” on the Huffington Post.

Saint-Tropez may be better known today for mega-yachts and the celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyoncé who vacation there, but it once provided subject matter for many famous artists, who spent hundreds of hours capturing the magical light of the former fishing village. Le Musée de l’Annonciade, on the southwest corner of the Vieux Port, is housed in a 16th-century chapel and showcases the evolution of painting from neo-Impressionism to the Fauves.  There was just a wonderful Modigliani show and the museum has a great program of rotating special exhibitions.  Artists represented in the permanent collection on the second floor include blue-chip examples by Signac, Vlaminck, Derain, Van Dongen, Bonnard, Matisse, and Marquet. Le Musée de l’Annonciade is a gem of a museum and well worth a visit the next time you are in Saint-Tropez, so that you can squeeze some culture into your sun-drenched holiday.